Bulletin 05-May-2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Third Sunday of Easter/Communion Sunday
8:30 & 10:00 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Sunday School & Childcare
John 21:1-19
“From Fishing to Feeding”
Rev. Ken McGarry
Music: First Schola

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     May 5, 2019

Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. The color is whiter

NURSERY CARE – The church nursery opens at 9:45 AM to care for children under the age of 3 during the 10:00 AM worship service. Nursery coordinators are on hand to greet parents and explain the procedure for checking in and picking up your child. 

WHAT STUDENTS WILL BE LEARNING TODAY

  • 3/4 yr. olds-2nd will gather together to hear the story of Liturgy of Light.
  • Grades 3-5 will continue their unit on the Seasons of the Church Year with Pentecost.
  • 6th grade will begin preparation for Children’s Day.
  • MAD students will remain in the sanctuary for communion. 

Confirmation Class of 2020 – All current eighth graders and their parents are encouraged to join us on Sunday, June 2 at 8:30 AM. We’ll gather in the church dining room to enjoy breakfast while learning about the confirmation program that will begin this coming fall for high school freshmen. Please contact Rev. Ken at [email protected] to sign up or if you have any questions. 

High School Youth Group – All high schoolers are welcome to join for our next gatherings on June 2 and 9 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The High School Youth Group event that was scheduled for May 12 is being canceled due to the celebration of Mothers’ Day. 

Horton Center Summer Camping – Registration is now open for the 2019 Summer Camp season. Horton Center is the Outdoor Ministry site owned and operated by the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ. Horton Center is a seasonal site, located on Pine Mountain in the Northern part of the White Mountains, just outside Gorham, NH. Visit www.hortoncenter.org to view the schedule and to register. If you cannot register online, forms are available in the CE Office. 

Any students planning to attend Horton Center this summer should contact the CE office for information on First Church’s scholarship program.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

Estate Planning Seminar – Today at 11:30 AM – room 10
Investment Advisor Lori Lambert and Attorney Brenda Smith-Weiss will lead this seminar to help you consider the best giving strategies to reduce taxes and review the many details of estate planning . If you have already considered First Church in your estate planning, please inform Future Horizons Society members: Joe Glajch, Peter Chaloner, or Lori Lambert.

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Kitchen Training –The Kitchen Kabinet is offering training on Monday, May 6 from 6:00-7:00 PM. This is for those who have never been trained and would like to use the kitchen in the future. It is also for those who have been trained, but need a review of the changes implemented since their last training. Contact Sue in the church office to sign up. Contact Don Dillaby with any questions.

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All Boards meet tomorrow, May 6. The evening begins with worship at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary.

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First Church Spring Clean-Up – Bring your shovels, rakes and other yard implements and join the Property Management committee for the church grounds spring clean-up on Saturday May 11, 8:00 AM-noon. Coffee and donuts will be supplied. Many hands make light work. If you have any questions, please call Doug Brenner at 603-493-5903.

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Chapel Vespers is offered every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM through May 14. This half-hour long service takes place in Shaw Chapel. Rev. Andy, Rev. Ken, and Rev. Jami share this ministry and bring their own approach to each gathering. Services will vary week to week, but most will include scripture, meditation, a simple message, prayer, silence, music, and an invitation to healing. Come as you are and feel free to bring a friend.

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Celebrating our Graduates – Is there a college graduate or a graduate with an advanced degree in your family this year? Please send their information to Sue Englander, by May 13, so they can be acknowledged in the June newsletter.

Send High School graduate’s information to Diane Matthes by today.

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The June newsletter deadline is Monday, May 13. Please send articles to Sue at [email protected] This is the last newsletter until September.

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The Women’s Association Spring “Passionate Purple Potpourri”
Pot Luck and Yankee Swap – Monday, May 20 – 6:30 in the dining room

Everyone is to wear something purple. We will have a fun version of a spring Yankee Swap. Please bring a new gift valued at no more than $10. Bring a dish to share, and be ready for a very fun night. Sign up Sign-up Central.

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Men’s Fellowship Group – Join us on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 PM for dinner and a presentation from historian and First Church member Sean Condon. We’ll gather in the church dining room to enjoy baked ziti and salad and to hear Sean discuss his current work on Revolutionary War hero General Henry Knox.

Please let Rev. Ken know if you’ll be attending by contacting him via email ([email protected]) or by signing up at Sign-up Central.

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First Church Cyclists invite anyone, regardless of age or ability to join them for fun, fresh air, fellowship and most importantly, ice cream.  The next ride takes place on Sunday, May 12, at 2:00 PM, on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, in Londonderry. See the complete schedule on the First Church website and the bulletin boards around the church.  Call or text Ray Baldwin at 603-913-3974 or email at [email protected] with any questions. 

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First Church Outreach Committee is holding a clothing drive fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Resiliency Retreats held monthly at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley (Milford, NH). The Children’s Resiliency Retreat is a recovery program serving youth who have lost, or currently have, a loved one struggling with alcohol or other drug misuse. To learn more about this valuable program please visit https://svbgc.org/childrens-resiliency-retreat/. This outreach effort is being done in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of New England and items in any condition will be accepted; anything that cannot be worn/used will be recycled. Items include clothing, linens, shoes, boots, single/odd socks, etc. Stop by the Outreach booth for a complete list of accepted items. Questions? Call Jessica (978-618-2111) or Monica (603-769-0978). Thank you for your support!!

Items will be collected from May 31 – August 30. Please put ALL items in a 13-gallon trash bag and help us reach our goal of 400 bags by leaving them near the stained glass window at the courtyard entrance.

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The thrift shop is accepting spring and summer clothing and accessories. Leave items (clean and in good repair) in the marked bin near the stained glass window at the courtyard entrance during office hours or on Sunday. Items needed: boy’s and girl’s clothing up to size 14; baby clothes; women’s clothing, all sizes (jeans, pants, shirts, suits, dresses, spring jackets and sweaters), costume jewelry; pocket books and accessories; and small knickknacks

Please save your winter items for the upcoming clothing drive in May.

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Outreach Spotlight for May: Adult Learning Center (ALC)
Learn – Grow – Thrive

Each year First Church provides financial support to the ALC. The ALC serves learners of all ages – from infants to seniors.

Did you know that through the work of the ALC…

  • 1,092 immigrants from 78 countries were able to do their jobs better by improving their English language skills?
  • 267 adults improved their basic skills in reading , math, social studies, science and literature

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, May 12, 2019
4th Sunday of Easter
8:30      Decibells
10:00    Decibells, Chapel Chimers & Joyful Noise

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing 

Bereavement Calendar – The church office has created a bereavement calendar to help us better remember and celebrate the lives of church members, friends, and loved ones who have recently passed away. If your family experiences a loss, please contact the church office so that we can be sure to include you in our prayers and our records.

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The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible Study is on break and will resume in September.

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The Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 3:00 PM in the library in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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The Christmas Fair Craft Group holds monthly craft sessions, on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:00-6:00 PM to work on items for the fair. Crafters of all abilities are welcome to join the group. Bring your love of crafting and your ideas! Sessions are held in the dining room, through September. Contact Jocelyn Henning, 880-1839, or Deb Courville, 603-321-9592, for more information. The fair will be held on November 1 and 2, 2019. Save the dates!

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Drop-in hours with Rev. Ken – Join him at Riverwalk Café (35 Railroad Square) on Wednesdays, from 1:30-3:30 PM for some casual conversation.

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End 68 Hours of Hunger provides bags of food weekly to local elementary school children who would otherwise not have food over the weekend. The following items are needed (updated list): Individually packaged snacks such as granola bars, cookies/crackers, microwave popcorn, Canned Soup, Peanut Butter 18 oz. plastic, Jelly 20 oz. plastic squeeze bottles, Boxes of Instant Oatmeal, Cans of fruit (not applesauce), Crackers (Ritz or Graham), Hot Chocolate or Carnation Instant Breakfast packets

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The Giving Card offers an option for those folks who give electronically or monthly to symbolically participate in the offering. Cards can be found in the basket at the back of the sanctuary. Simply place it in the offering plate.

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First Church serves dinner at the Nashua Soup Kitchen on the third Tuesday and fourth Friday of the month from 4:00-6:00 PM. New volunteers are always welcome to participate in this simple, but important outreach ministry. To serve on a Tuesday please contact Bill Thorp, [email protected] or 236-6062. If you are interested in helping on a Friday, please call Cindy Staradub, 888-9561.

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In-Reach Meals Team – Home cooked meals bring much healing to people as they recuperate. For when I was sick, you looked after me. Mt. 25:36. If you would like to help provide meals to parishioners who are temporarily in need, please register at Sign-Up Central and offer meals as you are able.

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The Men’s Breakfast Group meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM at the Pine Street Eatery, 136 Pine St., Nashua. Contact Ken Chapman, 521-7169, for more information.

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The Mid-Week Men’s Group meets on Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 AM in the parlor, adjacent to Fellowship Hall. Join Rev. Andy for coffee, fellowship and topical discussions.

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The Men’s Munchers meet on the first Tuesday of the month at noon for lunch and fellowship. The group will dine at Applebee’s, 379 Amherst St., Nashua on May 7. All men of the church and their guests are welcome. Contact Ken Chapman, 521-7169, for more information.

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The Prayer Shawl Ministry – Knitters and crocheters are invited to work on prayer shawls at home. Contact Karen Bianchi, 603-897-0788 or Laurel Lang 603-465-3372 to see how you can be involved in this simple, but meaningful ministry.

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Pulpit Flowers – If you would like to provide flowers for the pulpit, please sign up on the chart in Fellowship Hall. Flower arrangements can be purchased from your favorite florist or can be created from flowers you’ve purchased or grown. Register on the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall or call the church office.

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The Visitation Ministry meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM in room 10 in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events

 Home Stretch 5k
Presented by Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire
Saturday, May 18 – 10:00 AM
Rivier University
Register online: http://www.homestretch5k.com

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Promise of Southern New Hampshire needs help to restock the residents’ pantry at the Anne-Marie House. Requested pantry items: Sugar, Flour, Ground Coffee, Condiments, Juice bottles, Canned Fruit and Vegetables, Kid’s Snacks, Canned/Boxed Soups, Spaghetti, Spaghetti Sauce, Creamer, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Salad Dressing, Sides: Rice, Stuffing, Noodles, Ramen, Pasta Sides, Hamburger/Tuna/Chicken Helper, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Napkins, Tissues, Trash Bags

Please deliver any donations to Fellowship Hall by May 6. Thank you for supporting families transitioning from homelessness through your generosity!

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Interfaith Prayer Vigils: May 7 and 21 at 9 AM
Norris Cotton Federal Building – 275 Chestnut Street Manchester

Join us for prayer, song and the Jericho Walk. The Jericho walk is grounded in Hebrew Scriptures when the Israelites used the power of prayer to topple the walls of Jericho. If you are unable to attend please take a moment to pray for love, peace and justice for ALL GOD’s people.

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Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP), Nashua meeting: May 20
6 PM – Adult Learning Center – 4 Lake Street Nashua

This is a faith-based group that address immigrant issues affecting our brothers and sisters, hunger, and poverty. All are welcome! Come to a meeting and learn how we all can make a difference in our community.

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What’s Happening at UCCNHC? The New Hampshire Conference of the UCC has seven mission groups who meet monthly to address issues of social justice in our churches and communities. Attend a mission group and learn more about how our church can follow our Lord’s request: “…to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Environmental Stewardship Mission:       Monday May 6, 3 – 5 PM
Peace with Justice Advocates Mission:    Wednesday May 8, 10 AM – noon
Racial Justice Mission Group:                  Thursday May 9, – 8 PM

All meetings are held at the New Hampshire Conference, UCC, 140 Sheep Davis Rd, Pembroke, NH 03275.

 


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